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Victor Bui and Kristi Shuton manage the Disney | ABC Writing and Directing Programs, contributing to identifying and cultivating talent, providing creative guidance, and professional development. Adrienne C. Thomas oversees all department logistics, and coordinates outreach efforts and selection of the writers. Amanda Toney is the Managing Director of Stage 32, the world’s largest platform for connecting and educating film creatives and is also a working actor, producer and screenwriter. Full Bio »
Victor Bui, Kristi Shuton & Adienne C. Thomas are on the Disney | ABC Creative Talent Development & Inclusion Team where they oversee the Writing and Directing Programs. We discuss what writing programs and fellowships, writer development, and how to create a personal brand/story, plus a live Q&A!
Stage 32's Amanda Toney leads a 1 hour conversation with the Disney | ABC Writing & Directing Program team, discussing what makes a writer stand out from the crown, how to put together the best application for writing programs, how to develop a personal brand and story, and how to develop writers. All before taking live questions from the Writers' Room members.
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Jason Mirch interviews Alexia Melocchi, a producer and film executive with more than more than 25 films and series credits to her name! With more than twenty years in the industry, Alexia has worked in nearly every aspect of the entertainment industry. Working at Little Studio Films since 2000, Alexia serves as Partner and Producer, involved in all aspects of company operations, including distribution and co-production deals, managing production activities, and film and television marketing. Little Studio Films, created by Alexia and Alexandra Yacovlef, is a multilingual boutique consulting, distribution and production company with an extensive background in all areas of the Entertainment Business. It provides services to a variety of clients including producers, production companies, authors, screenwriters, directors, international distributors and Wall Street Companies.During the webcast, Alexia and Jason discuss her career, the state of the global markets, what types of scripts writers should be in the current market, how to find a producer and if the "dollar option" is really a good idea.
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Television Director and Executive Producer Russell Fine. Russell Fine is a Television Director & Executive Producer whose previous credits include "AMERICAN GODS" for AMC, "BULL", "QUANTICO", "SLEEP HOLLOW", and "THE WIRE". His latest series is "JIGSAW" for Netflix.
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with special Guest Oscar-Nominated Writer Alec Sokolow. Alec Sokolow is an Oscar-Nominated screenwriter who co-wrote the films Toy Story, Cheaper by the Dozen, Money Talks, and Garfield: The Movie. He has also written the meta video game storyline and user interface for Activision's billion dollar franchise: "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure," "Skylanders: Giants" Character bio creation and naming includes Buzz Lightyear and Woody. He has also produced documentaries, Directed animation shorts, Written children's books. His storytelling has created global receipts of over 2 Billion Dollars.
Sebastian is currently a partner in Circus Road Films after working in development at Paramount, and at Touchstone, the TV division of Disney and ABC.We'll discuss the business + a live Q&A!
In this big, bonus episode of the Executive Hour we are joined by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-nominated screenwriter, Meg LeFauve! Meg is the brilliant screenwriting mind behind critically acclaimed films including INSIDE OUT (which earned her an Academy Award nomination, and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film in 2016), THE GOOD DINOSAUR, and CAPTAIN MARVEL. She has also contributed to Pixar films including FINDING DORY and INCREDIBLES 2, as well as the 20th Century Fox animated film SPIES IN DISGUISE! Prior to her career as a screenwriter, Meg ran development for actress and filmmaker Jodi Foster. She has been nominated for an Academy Award, Emmy Award (as a producer), NAACP Image Award, and BAFTA Award, with a total of 24 award nominations and 8 wins! During the webcast, Meg's discusses her career at Pixar, how she is adapting and working in the current quarantine situation, what writers can be doing during this time, what types of scripts and projects she thinks will be in demand once this quarantine is over, and so much more!
Jason got his start with Evolution Entertainment, moved into Studio Development, and now independently producers and writes. We discuss what makes a project marketable, how to push your career forward industry trends, & more, plus a live Q&A!